Thanos Papanicolaou, Professor and Henry Goodrich Chair of Excellence in Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Director of the Hydraulics and Sedimentation Laboratory (HSL) has written an article for Hydrolink magazine about the HSL lab. The article titled “HSL – A Premier Laboratory for State, Regional and Global Research in Hydrolics and Sedimentation Engineering” discusses the features and uses of this state-of-the-art lab.
The research at HSL concentrates on the mechanisms of bank erosion and the role of soil, temperature changes and vegetation in this process. It’s focused on understanding the source and transport of sediment and nutrients in intensively managed landscapes. Already, the recently opened lab has fostered new areas of partnership with Tennessee Valley Authority on water and dam operations, as well as with ORNL on biogeochemical cycles and hydropower energy. Additionally, it’s gaining attention internationally through partnerships with public and private institutions in Australia, New Zealand, India and Europe.
“HSL with the help of several individuals within the department of CEE, COE and beyond has risen to a level of excellence,” said Papanicolaou. “The lab is suited to address statewide problems related to water resources engineering, agricultural engineering, and issues of national importance such as the hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico, nutrient dynamics and infrastructure issues.”